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2019 VW Golf 8

More than 35 millions Golf sold . . .

Fears that the classic Golf would be neglected by the eighth generation cannot be confirmed. On the contrary, it is coming to life. Well, the e-Golf is currently being sold out. But this is understandable in view of the upcoming IDs. But everything below the purely electric category is reserved for the Golf. So here the manufacturer is proud of 5 hybrid versions after all.

Of course, three of these are derived from the more powerful 1.0-litre and the two 1.5-litre petrol engines with 96 kW (130 hp) and 110 kW (150 hp). As a mild hybrid, they now have a 48V system with a relatively small LiIo battery in addition to their 12V system. This allows considerably more energy to be recuperated than only with a 12V lead battery. There is a belt drive starter generator and a dual clutch transmission. All aggregates important for sailing are also electrified.

The cylinder deactivation, which has always been known, is active up to medium speeds. The important procedure within the motor control, which is now only named after Miller, is expressly pointed out. Below the four- cylinder version the 1.0-litre three-cylinder versions with 66 kW (90 hp) and 81 kW (110 hp) are available. The natural gas version of the 1.5-litre four-cylinder with 96 kW (130 hp) completes the series of gasoline models. Here, however, is the The fuel tank shrank to about a quarter, now enough to reach the next natural gas filling station.

The new diesel engines seem to be really economical, although the 1.6-litre has, as announced, finally passed away. The two-litre engines now have 85 kW (115 hp) and 110 kW (150 hp). In particular, double SCR catalytic converters should be at work here, which can remove even more NOX from the exhaust gas. Probably they can risk a higher share of NOX in the raw emissions, which would additionally reduce the consumption values.

The last two engines are plug-in hybrids with a 13 kWh battery. If that's a net value, the 60 km electrical range given seems quite plausible. Together with the older 1.4 litre, this results in 150 kW (204 hp) and 180 kW (245 hp). Typically electric cars can be (pre-) configured via VW-We also some by mobile phone. The dashboard is also similar to that of the pure electrics, with 10.25 display behind the steering wheel and in the highest version also at a slight height in the middle. You won't find any rotatable buttons. Instead, touching and fistful adjustment on partially virtual pushbuttons and sliding knobs is announced.

Externally, the Golf hasn't changed much. Probably all the dimensions have remained the same, including those for the luggage compartment, for example. The front features exclusively LED headlamps, optionally also available in Matrix technology, a slimmer radiator grille, the new logo and at the edge of the lower air opening interesting grooves outside partly in car color. Little gimmicks to discover by yourself decorate the sides of the front fenders and the upper part of the B-pillar. The rear has also been redesigned with a new light design and more horizontal lines.

In the Golf 8 VW shows first approaches to urgently needed Car2X.

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